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Clifford L. Egger

July 21, 1923 ~ May 15, 2021 (age 97)


Clifford L. Egger (Cliff) passed away May 15 at Sprenger Nursing Home in Bluffton, South Carolina.

Cliff was born July 21, 1923 to John and Minnie Egger.  He grew up on a farm in Linn County, Iowa.  Cliff and Deloris Bohlken, of Monticello, Iowa, were married in June of 1942 and had five children over the next eighteen years.

Cliff enlisted in the US Navy in 1943.  He served stateside and in Okinawa during WWII.  He was honorably discharged from the Navy after the war, in 1946, when he returned to Cedar Rapids, Iowa and joined Armstrong’s Department Store.  He remained employed at Armstrong’s for 42 years until his retirement.  He was Buyer Manager of the Men’s Department most of the time he spent with Armstrong’s.    

Cliff and Deloris lived most of their lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  They were very active and enjoyed church activities, traveling, and visiting family and friends.  After his retirement they spent winters in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and summers in Cedar Rapids.  In 2011 they moved to Sun City Hilton Head in South Carolina to live full time.  After Deloris’s passing in 2019 Cliff moved into Indigo Pines Independent Living facility on Hilton Head Island through 2020, then moved into Sprenger Nursing Home facility.

Cliff’s wife Deloris preceded Cliff in death when she passed in August of 2019.  Cliff and Deloris had been married 77 years.  Cliff is survived by his five children; Karen (Dr. Martin) Wand of Seattle, Washington,  Elaine (Glynn) Turner of Charlotte, North Carolina, Gary Egger of Willow Park, Texas,  Greg (Carol) Egger of Alpharetta, Georgia,  and Laurie Egger of Luxembourg, thirteen grandchildren, and fourteen great grandchildren.   All five of his children graduated from either Jefferson or Kennedy High Schools in Cedar Rapids.  He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Minnie Egger and a brother Raymond Egger. 

Cliff was an avid bicyclist, having ridden twenty RAGBRAI’s, an annual organized bicycle ride across the state of Iowa.  In 1988, Cliff and his good friend Bud Moscrip rode their bikes across the United States, from San Diego, California to Jacksonville, Florida.

Cliff and Deloris were dedicated members of First Baptist Church of Hilton Head Island where Cliff will be interred with Deloris in the church Columbarium.

Cliff and Deloris will remain in our hearts forever.

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